Andhra Pradesh declares seven days of mourning for YSR

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Hyderabad, Sep.3 (ANI): The Andhra Pradesh Government on Thursday announced seven days of mourning for State Chief Minister Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy who died in a helicopter crash along with four others on Wednesday.

Reddy's body is placed in State at the Lal Bahadur Stadium.

The burial will take place on Friday in Reddy's native village Balpanur in Cuddalore District, which will be attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi.

Reddy's Bell 430 chopper went missing Wednesday morning at about 9.35 and could only be located on Thursday morning following a night long search operation by different units of security personnel including Army's Commandos, Air Force's Sukhoi-30, and 5,000 CRPF personnel.

Reddy's chopper wreckage was discovered atop a hill about 40 nautical miles from Kurnoool town.

Along with YSR, four others-Dr P Subramanium, the Special Secretary to the Chief Minister; ASC Wesley, Chief Security Officer and two pilots Group Captain SK Bhatia and Captain MS Reddy-died in the crash. (ANI)

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